Real-Life Design Lessons: How To Build a Home “Uniform”

published Mar 25, 2016
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When you’re decorating, you might feel pressure to add variety to your space by layering in as many different ideas or influences as you can. But, just like a wardrobe template, having a home decor “uniform” actually makes creating a beautiful space even easier.

That’s a big lesson that I took away from Kristina & Jason’s Gorgeous, Graphic Australian Home. Peeking and popping through the gallery, you begin to spot some major design elements that carry throughout the home:

  • Bold, colorful abstract artwork and patterns
  • Warm wood
  • Simple (IKEA) shelving
(Image credit: Natalie Jeffcott)

The colorful art makes sense–the couple themselves are the artists behind inaluxe, and many of the pieces in their home are ones they’ve created. But the decision to stick with the other elements on the list–wood and IKEA–is more of a conscious decision. They had to keep going back and decide that, yes, they wanted to stick to the same glass-door IKEA shelves in both the bedroom and the dining room. The result? It’s not boring. It’s cohesive.

(Image credit: Natalie Jeffcott)
(Image credit: Natalie Jeffcott)

So how do you design your own home uniform?

First, take a walk through your space and try to notice the threads that carry throughout. Do you have a penchant for a certain style of art? Is there a color or pattern or material that shows up over and over? Write those things down. It can be as granular as a line of furniture, or as broad as a style or vibe that repeats in the space.

The next time you’re shopping for your space, try to go back to those elements of your new home uniform, rather than trying to reinvent yourself like Madonna. And yes, that might mean buying the same IKEA shelves over and over.

Hey, if it works, it works!